The question for this month is:
”It’s been said that the benefits of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don’t enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?”
Not sure I would agree with that. No matter if you read something or experience it directly you are always an amalgam of others. Their thoughts and experiences bleed into your consciousness by talking to you or merely interacting with you in everyday life.
So, to that extent nothing you write about is entirely original. Merely seeing someone walk down the street and describing it is affected by their life story, are they ill or fit, young or old, determined or cautious? And the reason they are like that is a direct result of their life experiences.
if you see them or read about them, your writing will be affected by their life.